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My First 5K Race – Angels 5K

When I last spoke about running here on the blog back at the beginning of the year, I was finally about to shake my toe pain (metatarsalgia), and I had started a runstreak which only lasted three days. Well, it turned out the runstreak would been broken anyway, since I had appendicitis at the end of January, sidelining me for about three weeks. That was a blessing in disguise, as it gave my feet a rest, and I found some new motivation.

I’ve run 5 km (3.1 miles) distance before, but never officially in a 5K event. So last Saturday’s Angels 5K fit in well with a gap in my weekend calendar, and it was a good way to kick off baseball season too. Continue reading →

My First 5K Race – Part 1 of 2

I decided to run a 5K race held on a corporate campus. The weather is cool, the course is pancake flat, there’s no wind, and so I am on track for a personal record pace. After 22 minutes and change, my Garmin tells me I’ve gone 3.1 miles (5K), but there’s no finish line in sight. (Not too surprising I tell myself, as this is a low budget race funded by company overhead money, rather than outside corporate sponsors.) Just be sure I ran far enough, I keep going until my Garmin shows I went 3.2 miles. Continue reading →

D-Link DIR-605L Cloud Router Review

As I’ve described in previous posts, I previously had issues with intermittent DSL at my mountain cabin. Furthermore, my internet connection there is PPPoE, so I would get a new IP address every time the internet dropped and reconnected. That made it hard to access my webcams and other devices remotely, since the Dynamic DNS couldn’t keep up with the frequent IP address changes.

So I picked up the D-Link DIR-605L “cloud” router pretty inexpensively for $25. My only interest in getting this router was for its “cloud” functionality. Continue reading →

Netgear WGR614 Firmware Upgrade Failure – Resolved!

The Netgear WGR614v10 was originally a “G” wireless router released in 2009, but a subsequent firmware upgrade has brought it up to “N” speeds. Although the router is a bit old, it is still useful for me, especially since Netgear has supported it with firmware updates as recent as December 2013. Continue reading →

Toyota Sienna Outside Door Handle Replacement

My 2000 Toyota Sienna minivan has generally been very trustworthy. But with a vehicle that old, it’s inevitable that the plastic parts start wearing out. The main issue has been outside door handles breaking. Here is my experience with replacing the following:

Rear Hatch

One day at around 140,000 miles, I went to open the rear hatch, and then I heard a SNAP. The plastic where the handle connects to the plastic “appendage” which pulls the cable to open the rear door broke. Continue reading →

Ending the Runstreak Already

What is a runstreak? It’s running at least a mile a day, until….?

Last year I had been running 3 days a week, going 2-3 miles at a time. My thought was to go for a runstreak, running the same weekly mileage but just spreading it out over the seven days, though keeping a couple of long days in there. So I would go 1-1-2-1-1-3-1 or something like that, with the one mile days generally being very easy runs.

I started the runstreak on 1/1/14 and have already thrown in the towel on 1/4/14. While I have mostly recovered from my metatarsalgia, enough to run every few days, I found out quickly that running every day is not giving the feet/toes enough rest.

Still, even though this runstreak is really short-lived, I have no regrets. Sometimes you have to push yourself to know your limits. And have the wisdom to pull the plug before things get worse.


Oregon Coast Bicycle Tour Video

I’m finally done with the video from this summer’s Oregon Coast Bicycle Tour! This summer’s journal entries are here.

Oregon Coast Bicycle Tour 2013 from Biking Brian on Vimeo.

Bike Friday – a Review after Ten Years

I previously had an S&S coupled bike which I used for travel. Although the detachable frame couplers are a solid design, the downside is that the assembly/disassembly time for the bike was quite excessive for short trips. This post on the impracticality of S&S couplers for most people pretty much echoes my views.

Sometime around 2003 (?), I bought a used Bike Friday Pocket Rocket folding road bike as a replacement for the S&S coupled bike. There are a number of other bikes that fold smaller and/or quicker, but my goal was to have something that folded relatively quickly into a standard-sized airline luggage, yet with a ride quality as close as possible to that of my fast road bike.

I envisioned a couple of main uses for the bike: Continue reading →

Mounting a Ham Radio Antenna on a Bicycle

My initial interest for mounting an antenna on the bike was to do on-bike radio support (I am a licensed ham radio operator) for charity bicycle rides.

First Generation Setup – October 2012

I started with a Comet SBB5 antenna. It does not require a ground plane, giving me more flexibility with mounting options. I used a Minoura saddle mount bottle cage holder, but flipped it upside down. That gave a flat surface for mounted an aluminum plate. Then I drilled a 5/8″ hole and mounted a Diamond C101 cable assemblyContinue reading →

Mountain Cabin DSL Saga: Part 3 (and hopefully last!)

Picking up the story where we last left off (again), I leased a new modem from my DSL provider, and after installation my service immediately returned to full speed. Problem solved! Until a snowstorm came to town, then my connection dropped to dial up speeds. The speeds never returned to normal even after we dried out from the storm.

So on a Sunday night, I packed my bags, and headed up to the cabin. I would stay up there until the problem was fixed. Good thing I work from home and have a Verizon Jetpack Mifi to connect to the Internet (for short term use, not a viable long term solution due to data caps!). Continue reading →